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Dr. Arif Dalvi interviewed during Fox 29 Morning Show

Dr. Arif Dalvi interviewed during Fox 29 Morning Show

Nick Buoniconti number 85 stands on the sidelines of a football fieldDr. Arif Dalvi, Medical Director for the Memory Center at St. Mary’s Medical Center, was recently a guest on the FOX 29 morning show to discuss the recent health issues of former Miami Dolphins linebacker Nick Buoniconti. In the interview the Fox 29 news team asks Dr. Dalvi to explain what exactly the symptoms are that the famed football player is experiencing, which appear to be affecting both his memory and ability to perform daily tasks such as using the restroom, or putting on a t-shirt. Dr. Dalvi explained that with, “Memory it affects in ways similar to Alzheimer’s disease, and movement similar Parkinson’s disease.”

During the interview Dr. Dalvi goes on to explain that this can happen in other sports beyond the NFL. These types of symptoms are a result from, “repeated hits to the brain without giving it time to heal in between.” These symptoms can be displayed in soccer players who repeatedly hit a soccer balls against their head during game play. This example was used when asking Dr. Dalvi if the severity of the hit to the brain made a difference. While a soccer ball is light, the “brain floats within fluid called CSF, and it is the knocking of the brain back and forth against the walls of the skull that cause the damage” as Dr. Dalvi explained.

Arif Dalvi, MDIn the case for Nick Buoniconti, it was not about the number of hits that he took while in the NFL, it really comes down to the lack of protocols that existed for players who experienced serious injury on the field. Dr. Dalvi went on to emphasize the importance of current protocols that require players to stop playing in between hits so that they can be evaluated to prevent future injury.

Is it possible for Nick Buoniconti and other football players exhibiting similar symptoms to find treatments to help reduce the symptoms? This question was asked of Dr. Dalvi who stated that, “by the time you take treatments, the damage is so severe to the brain so it is all about 

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